Ahh, the supermarket. A cornerstone innovation of the 20th century. Centralizing all of a consumer’s shopping needs under one roof for maximum convenience in what was becoming an increasingly busy lifestyle. Forgotten was the neighborhood butcher, baker, produce stand, milkman, and pharmacy. It made enough sense. Instead of having to stop at 4 or 5 different places, one could now just make one stop. With this convenience, however, came one serious consequence: it caused us to become increasingly disconnected from our food. The food chain that brought our meals from the farms to our tables became increasingly longer, and more centralized. While the butcher from 100 years ago likely knew the local farmer who raised the animals, today the butcher at your local supermarket has likely never even seen a livestock farm. Why is this such a bad thing, you ask? Because the more we disconnected about where our food came from, the unhealthier our relationship with food became. Never in human history have we been so detached from our food, and never have we been so confused about what to eat. That is a correlation we should not ignore.
That is also where I come in to help. This blog is the first in a series that I will devote to helping you, a health conscious consumer, navigate the supermarket, decode a confusing array of labels and options, and make the best possible choices for your health and your budget